Snatched: Preventing Child Abductions
An 8-year-old Woodstock girl meets a stranger after school and skips off with her to see a puppy. A New Westminster man tries to lure a 13-year-old girl over the Internet. A child disappears roughly every nine minutes in Canada.
As a parent, supervise your children in public areas, and never leave them alone in a car. Vet your caregivers carefully. If applicable, have your up-to-date custody documents ready. And be prepared to provide a recent photo, and a clear description (age, height, weight, eye and hair colour) to the police. The first few hours are critical.
Child abduction headlines send a chill through every parent. However, most missing children are runaways or abducted by a parent, relative or other acquaintance.
Here are some guidelines to review with your children:
- Never divulge personal information online, including their school, name or scheduled activities.
- Step away from approaching cars, even if the driver looks lost or needs help.
- Do not enter a car with anyone, unless planned in advance or the driver provides a secret password you’ve agreed upon in advance.
- Run and scream if anyone follows them or tries to force them into a car.
- Say “NO!” to touching or other activity that makes them uncomfortable.
- Always tell you or another trusted adult about uncomfortable encounters, even if the other person told them not to.
Exercise Your Brain
Like the rest of your body, your brain stays healthier with exercise.
Some suggestions for fending off Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases:
- Talk. Engage in conversations, in person and online. Write letters and e-mails.
- Read. Blogs, newspapers, magazines, novels – anything.
- Explore. Google a topic, or better yet, try other search engines. Check out Academic Earth for top lecturers. Chat with a librarian. Travel.
- Play. Crossword puzzles, mah jong, bridge, knitting, bocce ball, swimming…
Keep Your Head Up, Kids (and Adults)!
While hockey players aged 6 to 60 wish they could play like Sidney Crosby, no one envies his struggles with concussion symptoms. Some researchers argue that body checking should be eliminated from youth hockey altogether.
To prevent hockey injuries, wear appropriate (CSA-approved) safety gear, such as:
You don’t need to pump up your speed or leave the ice when you deliver a check. And you should keep your head up when you have the puck near the boards.
- A helmet that fits snugly -- no more than one finger’s breadth between your chin and the strap.
- Full face mask.
- Mouth guard.
Hockey players of all ages also need to keep fit. Proper and regular conditioning will prevent many common muscle injuries. Focus on strengthening your neck muscles and improving your cardio. Far too many beer leaguers suffer heart attacks when they charge around the ice after a week or two of armchair hockey.
This article was adapted from a Radius Security blog published April 2011.
What's On In
Terry Fox Run - Run Sites
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Renfrew Community Centre, Vancouver
Halloween Ghost Train
October 7 to 31
Vancouver Celebrates Diwali - see web site for venues
October 16 to 23
Circle Craft Christmas Market
(New) Vancouver Convention Centre West
November 9 to 13
Grey Cup Fesitval
B.C. Place Stadium and Downtown Vancouver
November 24 to 27
Santa Claus Parade
Festival of Lights
Van Dusen Botanical Garden
December 9 to January 1
Bullying at Work
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Name it. Abuse of power, inappropriate remarks and jokes, harassment. Recognize aggressive behaviour that goes beyond strong management.
Speak up. Firmly tell the bully to stop. You can ask a supervisor or, if applicable, a union representative to accompany you.
Keep a journal. Record the date, time and a detailed description of each incident. Note any witnesses and the outcome.
Collect evidence. Keep copies of e-mails, letters, voicemails, memos etc.
Report it. If your manager minimizes your concerns, proceed to the next level of management
Do not retaliate. Or else you may look like the bully.
More information: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Quick Safety Tip
FOOD SAFE LUNCHES
Cold: Less than 4° C. Discard or refrigerate leftovers. Ice packs only work for a few hours.
Hot: More than 60° C. Preheat your insulated container with boiling water for a few minutes. Add hot food and immediately seal till lunchtime.